They eat it all!

Omnivores generally aren’t very picky. Omni means “all,” and an omnivorous animal eats all kinds of food–plants, meat, nectar, fruit, insects, you name it. Most primates belong in this group, including many humans.
An omnivore does not specialize in one certain type of food, and instead its adaptations help it take advantage of a wide range of food possibilities. Many omnivores, like the raccoon and its South American cousin, the kinkajou, have hands that are adapted to manipulate objects. Primates have special hands like this, too–look at all the wonderful things your hands can do!

Most omnivores also have a mixture of sharp, tearing teeth for eating meat and flat, grinding teeth for eating plants. This allows omnivores to take advantage of whatever snacks come across their paths!

See other types of eaters by following the links on the right side of the page.

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